Author(s): Marie Rutkoski
Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust ...While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner's trilogy.
The Winner's Crime is a fight to the death, where no one will escape a strike to the heart. The second novel in a sensational fantasy trilogy
Every line in The Winner's Curse is beautifully written. The story is masterfully plotted. The characters' dilemmas fascinated me and tore at my heart. This book gave me a rare and special reading experience: I never knew what was going to happen next. I loved it. I want more. Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Kristin Cashore, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Graceling Realm books Like any epic page-turner worth its salt, Rutkoski's richly imagined world is full of dynamic repartee, gruesome battle scenes, and shifting alliances. A high-stakes cliffhanger will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next book Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Publishers Weekly, starred review Rich characterisation, exquisite world building and rock-solid storytelling make this a fantasy of unusual intelligence and depth ... Breathtaking, tragic and true Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Kirkus, starred review A forbidden romance. The romance is heartstoppingly lovely and admittedly steamy ... but the raising of stakes and the reluctance of the couple to give up their respective causes, even as they confess their love for each other, lends their relationship a complexity not often seen in the genre ... A last-minute compromise between the lovers secures a sequel, and fans of Kristin Cashore and Robin Lefevers will be pleased to have a new romance to follow Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', BCCB, starred review Faultlessly written, home to a rich cast of mesmerising characters, and possesses just the right amount of intrigue, romance and emotion to make the story one that leaves an impression. My mind is still reeling from those final few pages Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Realm of Fiction Rich with detail, tension, and true feeling - and that goes for both the plot, and the characters. Everything about it is just incredible Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', There Were Books Involved Full of high society balls, lies and deceit, stolen moments in secret places, as well as being absolutely beautifully written, The Winner's Curse is a brilliant first book in a new trilogy that everyone should read! Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Swept Away by Books The hype is right - The Winner's Curse is a beautiful, heartbreaking must-read Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Icey Books
MARIE RUTKOSKI is a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Shakespeare, children's literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. Marie can tie a good double figure-eight knot and is very fond of perfume, tea and excellent bread and butter. #TheWinnersCurse @marierutkoski